Trial Date Set for Former Smithers Fire Chief

An August trial has been set for the former chief of the Smithers Volunteer Fire Department and his wife. Earlier this month a Fayette County grand jury indicted Timothy Whittington and Patricia Whittington on felony charges related to missing funds that the Whittingtons are accused of taking for personal use. Timothy Whittington is charged with embezzlement. Patricia Whittington is charged with fraudulent schemes. The Associated Press reports that the couple pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday in Fayette County Circuit Court. The trial date has been set for August 20. Timothy Whittington resigned from the Smithers VFD in February.